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  • That’s what I tell people when they ask me about my travel load. 30 to 40% of my time is spent on the road. In cars, airplanes, hotel rooms, in cities that are not my home. That’s down from 40-50%.

    It goes like this:

    Is it fun?
    Does it take it out of you?
    At least you’re young.

    Yes. At least there’s that, I think.
    They also say: At least you’re single.

    I don’t say: it wasn’t always this way, you know.
    I don’t say: I fuck strangers on trips like this.

    I just say yes. That it’s exhausting, but it’s the most rewarding part of my job. Which is true.

    I started running because of my job. I sleep well in planes because of my job.

    I’ve fucked strangers in strange cities because of my job.

    A lover sniffed out infidelity because of my job.

    Tactical strikes, I’ll say when I tell someone I’m only in town for 30 hours.

    Hotels and restaurants and Starbucks. Handshakes, solicitations, awkward silences and smiles. ID badges and fast elevators, and marble floors and talk of family and Vermont. Talk of things that sometimes matter and sometimes don’t.

    Keycards that make green lights flash. Me scanning the hotel room to make sure I have all the things I need.

    All the things I need:

    Clean sheets
    Free printing
    A decent restaurant downstairs
    Early check-in
    To get the fuck home
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